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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: President
  • ASIN: B0002HV3Y8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Finding It RoughHat And Tie 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. RainmakerRhubarb Rhubarb 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cities Make The Country ColderThe Explosive 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Some PeopleChords Five 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don't Torture Your MindThe Exception 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. AgainThe Symbols 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. (Who Planted Thorns In) Miss Alice's Garden?The Explosive 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lightning Never StrikesSheridan & Rick Price 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. NightmareThe Gass Company 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The First Step On The MoonThe Cape Kennedy Construction Company 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. MoneylenderRhubarb Rhubarb 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. (The Best Part Of) Breaking UpThe Symbols 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Climb That TreeThe She Trinity 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Woman Of The Green LanternThe Exception 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sometimes I WonderSheridan & Rick Price 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pawnbroker PawnbrokerBarbara Ruskin 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. FairgroundPure Gold 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Send Her To MeBrian Poole & The Seychelles 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Baker's DaughterThe Seychelles 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Daisy Farm ParkRick Price 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Hey ConductorThe League 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Anna Laura LeeYellow Taxi 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Jack RabbitThe Exception 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Step Out Of LineThe Explosive 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Talking To The FlowersRick Price 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Lamp Lighter ManSheridan & Price 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. ArmageddonThe Cape Kennedy Construction Company 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Whilst it could never lay claim to being a front-runner of the British Psychedelic movement, President Records was nonetheless quick to respond to changing musical tastes when it was launched into the heady midst of swinging London in 1966. In keeping with other independents at the time, President's autonomy allowed it to experiment freely with new artists and saw the label expand into areas which nowadays might be termed Psych Pop. And whilst it's true that its major successes both at home and abroad were with artists like The Equals and Dorothy Squires, within Sike circles many of its more left-field releases are now beginning to enjoy the recognition that eluded them first time around.

Eagerly awaited by fans of the genre, "Sometimes I Wonder" draws together the cream of President's Psych recordings, most of which have never before been available on CD. Comprising both single cuts and rare album tracks, "Sometimes I Wonder" takes the listener on a magical mystery tour through the President vaults, via its offshoots Jayboy and Gemini. Here then are 27 tracks by The Explosion, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Chords Five, Pure Gold, Barbara Ruskin, The Exception, Rick Price and Mike Sheridan, ranging from the gently-phazed day-tripper Pop of The Symbols' "Again" to the all-out psychotic reaction that is The She Trinity's "Climb That Tree".

Expertly compiled by Psych Pop authority David Wells and bursting with rare memorabilia and photographs, this is essential listening for all Popsike devotees.

And if you like the sound of this, you may also be interested in The Symbols: "The Best Part Of Plus" (PRCD 149) and Barbara Ruskin: "A Little Of This" (PRCD 153), now also available on President Records.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Turbomotive on 18 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
sike-tinged pop rather than commercial psychedelia. The better songs have them sounding like more luminous contemporaries - Barratt-era Floyd, Small Faces, Kinks and whispers of the West Coast. Not the attack, or dare say menace from any Stones song of the era. The Symbols borrow Ringo's langourous drumming and pick a up a lick left on the floor from the Rubber Soul sessions (Again). The Exception pull off an asounding feat of appropriating the Doors' sound in a great pastiche, even to singing about Fy-re! (Woman of the Green Lantern). I liked Price Rick and Sheridan's Lighting Never Strikes, a fair West Coast rocker. So that's at least 3 or 4 new tracks for the playlist - just about worth the entry price, for lots of it is just drivel.
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A tick box would be far better than forcing me to to write boring words about some product or other
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By Groovy John on 2 Oct. 2014
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bit too poppy for me
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'Sometimes I Wonder' (President Records) Various Artists - 4 1/2 stars 30 Aug. 2012
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cannot believe that I'm the first one to review this [simply] wonderfully assembled various artists collection of (again) obscure rarely-heard of psychedelic / pop psych bands and artists. Total of twenty-seven tracks to thoroughly soak your senses into on 'Sometime I Wonder'. Liked the two well-played tunes by Rhubarb Rhubarb, as I also dug the tune by The Symbols, the awesome M-U-S-T hear psych gem by The Exceptions and the power-pop oddity (so to speak) "Pawnbroker Pawnbroker" by Barbara Ruskin. Trouble is I was unable to locate much info (if any) about most of these sub-underground performers. A couple others obscurities here worth mentioning are a name that I thought (possibly) sounded somewhat familiar - Rick Price and Sheridan & Price. My guess is these artists most likely released one 7" 45 single and that was it. Worth many... many repeated plays. Highly recommended. Superb cover, no?
boring at best! 21 Nov. 2014
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
my predecessor raves about this compilation,
but why?
this is pop
not psch-pop.
I don't dig pop anyway,
to put it politely:uninteresting!
there is but one gem on this compilation
you should bestow your full attention upon:
the she trinity was a canadian psych band,
the sole reason I've stumbled on this compilation.
my question to you:
what businesss has a psych band
on a pop cd??????????????????????
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